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Program helping patients to Look Good...Feel Better

October 28, 2010

Cari Wortman, facilitator for the American Cancer Society’s Look Good Feel Better Program and owner of the Shear Envy salon in St. Marys, reviews material about the program with Lora Cope, ACS cancer control specialist. Photo by Amy Cherry.

In an effort to provide renewed self-esteem to women suffering from cancer, the American Cancer Society’s Look Good...Feel Better program teaches women to overcome some of the disease’s appearance-related side effects, such as hair loss and changes in skin complexion and fingernails.
The free, national public service program is geared toward helping women undergoing cancer treatments regain a sense of self-esteem and self-confidence, as well as control of their lives.
“Oncologists and female cancer survivors agree that changes in a woman’s appearance caused by cancer treatment can at times be as difficult as the disease itself, robbing women of both their outer appearance as well as their self-esteem and self-confidence. These changes are often emotionally and psychologically traumatizing,” said Lora Cope, ACS cancer control specialist. “The program was created from the concept that if a woman with cancer can be helped to look good, her improved self-esteem will help her approach her disease and treatment with greater confidence.”
The sessions and materials are provided at no charge, and trained and licensed volunteer cosmetologists conduct the classes. Attendees learn how to enhance their appearance using make-up techniques by applying their own make-up using complimentary cosmetics and skin care products. They will also learn how to disguise hair loss using wigs, turbans, scarves and various accessories, as well as treating dry skin and discolored nails.
Cari Wortman, owner of Shear Envy Salon and one of the program's local facilitators, will conduct a Look Good...Feel Better session on Thursday, Dec. 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Activity Center on Center Street in St. Marys. For more information or to register, interested participants should call 1-800-227-2345 or 1-888-227-5445, option 3.
For more on this story, see the Oct. 29 edition of The Daily Press.

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